What's the problem?
J. Hugh Sullivan (sull@MINDSPRING.COM)
Thu, 18 Dec 1997 09:35:34 -0600
About half the problems discussed on this forum are based on how to
interpret some BSA guideline. Why is that? Shouldn't guidelines be so well
written that we mostly discuss how to implement them?
It seems to me that someone (committee) is selected to write the various BSA
guidelines and he/she/it does it without assistance other than general
direction. First, there is a lack of consistency in statements which forces
interpretation by those in the field. Second, although I may be wrong, it
seems that National doesn't see the need to draw from the experience of
grass roots Scouters around the country when writing/revising guidelines.
Unanimity would seldom occur but the policy makers would gain valuable
insight into what the program should be and where the problems are. I don't
say they should comment on this forum but I think they should monitor if
they don't. If you are the CEO of a thermothrockle factory and you want to
know precisely how thermothrockles are put together, do you and a VP discuss
it over lunch? Or, do you walk out on the floor and talk to the foremen? Get
the CEO's hardhat and loosen his tie!
At one time many of us must have felt we had all the answers but, on any
complex subject, there are always a number of differing opinions. I may not
always agree with some others, but an opinion cannot be satisfactorily
developed until one has considered the significant variations, i. e., there
are multiple methods of separating a feline from its' protective covering.
One of the hurdles is reading between the lines - some do, some don't. It is
obvious that many here read intent, sometimes flavored by their opinion.
Some, like me, read literally and look for inconsistencies (particularly if
it is our axe that needs grinding) - which shouldn't exist.
Another thought that occurs is that some haziness and inconsistency is
deliberate. In this era where the courts are the omega of every
disagreement, it may not be wise to let oneself be categorized.
My idea is not to create conflicts among the members of this forum. It is
only to hear some thoughts about how National might do an even better job.
Any constructive opinions out there?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City